Illegal weapons haul lands Portmead man in prison
A MAN with a “dangerous fascination” for possessing illegal weapons has been jailed for 14 months.
Matthew Membrey, aged 20, admitted possessing nunchucks, a stun gun, an asp and a lock knife during two offences in April and May.
Swansea Crown Court heard Membrey has two previous convictions - both from when he was under 18 - for possessing knives.
Ian Wright, for Membrey, said his client knew he was facing an immediate term in prison.
“The primary mitigation he has is the timely guilty plea,” said Mr Wright.
“He is still a young man and is only 20. He has relevant convictions which of course aggravate the position today,” he added.
He said Membrey has a strong work ethic and has been a care worker and will work as a labourer when he is released.
In mitigation, he said Membrey was also a bone marrow donor and had recently been informed he was a match and wanted to donate. .
In April this year police went to his home at Cathan Close in Portmead and found the asp and lock knife.
He accepted Membrey had made threats to burn down the home of his former partner but said he did not have “specific circumstances” in mind for the weapons.
The following month, Membrey was travelling along the M4 at Ynysforgan when his car broke down.
Passing police officers stopped to offer him help and in the car saw a stun gun, disguised as a mobile phone, and a set of martial arts nunchucks.
Sentencing him for three offences of having an offensive weapon and one of having a prohibited weapon, Judge Paul Thomas told Membrey: “There was no proper reason for you having these other than causing injury to other people. The asp in particular is a ferocious looking weapon.”
He said Membrey had committed the second set of offences while on bail for the first.
“You say you collect such things but first of all, they’re not legal and secondly there’s no reason for you to be carrying them in your car, on the M4 at night,” said the judge.
He told him it was time to focus on the positive side of his character, not the “dangerous fascination” with weapons.